Sea Control Squadron 33 History
Sea Control Squadron THREE THREE (VS-33), assigned to Carrier Wing Nine, was commissioned April 1, 1960. The VS-33 "World Famous and Internationally Traveled Screwbirds" first flew the Grumman S-2E/G Tracker from 1960 to 1975. Transition to the Lockeed S-3A Viking in 1975 marked the end of the propeller era and greatly improved the Carrier Battle Groups' Anti-submarine warfare capabilities. In 1991, VS-33 transitioned to the S-3B. Although outwardly identical to the S-3A, the S-3B is a vast improvement in weapon systems. The S-3B is the most advanced Surface Warfare (SUW) aircraft in the world. Using an array of advanced avionics and sensors, the S-3B is capable of detecting, tracking, localizing, and destroying enemy surface units. The Viking is a true force multiplier, critical to the successful operations of the carrier battle group. VS-33's squadron designation was changed in October, 1993 from "Air Anti-Submarine Squadron" to "Sea Control Squadron" to better reflect the new multi-mission role of the S-3B.
Since commissioning in 1960, the Screwbirds have earned the title "World Famous and Internationally Traveled Screwbirds" by conducting operations around the globe. During seventeen major forward deployments, the Screwbirds have made their home on many aircraft carriers including USS HORNET (CVS-12), USS BENNINGTON (CVS-20), USS RANGER (CV-61), USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63), USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64), USS AMERICA (CV-66), USS NIMITZ (CVN-68), and USS John C. Stennis which is the squadron's current home.
Recent Deployments have showcased the versatility of the Screwbirds, Anti-Surface Warfare (SUW), Maritime Intercept Operations, and Strike Support in the Arabian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm, and Operation Southern Watch.
VS-33's awards include six Battle Efficiency Awards, five Meritorious Unit Commendations, five Arnold J. Isbell Awards for Anti-Submarine Excellence, seven Golden Wrench Awards for aircraft maintenance excellence, and a recent CINPACFLT Golden Anchor Award for Retention Excellence. Our record of achievement has only been possible with a grassroots commitment to excellence, pride, ownership, and total team effort by each Screwbird.